Choosing the kind of medical care you need depends on your situation, especially as you get older. When aging, different issues start to affect the body and primary care physicians are consulted more often, but if minor problems or emergencies arise there are quicker, alternative facilities that can be sought for medical care. It is important to know all options available if an appointment with your personal doctor is unavailable. Dr. David Arai, emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, Texas, highlights some important information on emergency care. […]
In order to be a smart consumer when it comes to planning and buying your next vacation, there is a great deal of information you need to know. The avalance of new products, the complexity of the offers and the huge amount of information available on the internet can make vacation planning a stressful, full-time job. In planning a cruise alone, every cruiseline, ship and itinerary is different and there are over 230 ships to choose from. A recent IBM study revealed that the average person spends up to two weeks planning a vacation online and over 50% end up dissatisfied with the experience and often buy the wrong vacation altogether. In 2012, 23% of online travel buyers left the internet and bought from a travel agency. The internet is a great place to shop but not to buy travel. […]
If you are like many American adults, you probably have several prescriptions that you take regularly for a variety of medical conditions. However, your medications will be most effective if you take them as prescribed. It’s important to understand the directions your physician and pharmacist give you about when and how to take your medications and to ask questions if you have concerns.
Today’s seniors have more options available to them than ever before. One option more and more seniors are turning to when their physical capabilities diminish or while they recover from a short-term disability is to be treated in the comfort of their own home, wherever that home might be, by a personal assistant or a caring companion. In-home care is considered by many, including physicians, to be one of the most desirable options, because it allows seniors to maintain their independence while remaining in the one place where they feel most safe and comfortable. […]
In 2008, more than two million people saw their physician for the evaluation of a rotator cuff shoulder injury. The key is to know the symptoms and see your doctor so that appropriate treatment can begin. […]
How are you going to select a physician the next time a particular medical condition requires specialized medical or surgical expertise? If you happen to have a family physician, you may rely on their recommendation for a specialist. They may refer you to whom they feel would provide you with the best outcome; however, in today’s highly competitive, insurance dominated, government regulated environment, it may be to a specialist that is in an insurance network, hospital system, or their multispecialty group. […]
It seems that you cannot open a newspaper or watch the local news without hearing of some type of scam or fraud.
Medicare fraud, sadly, is becoming more and more prevalent. Medicare fraud happens when Medicare is billed for services or supplies you never got. Medicare fraud costs Medicare a lot of money each year. In 2011, the government recovered an historic $4.1 billion and has recovered a record-breaking $10.7 billion of healthcare fraud over the last three years. In October 2012, Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in seven cities led to charges against 91 individuals––including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals––for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $432 million in false billing. […]
A woman called me just the other day and I recognized her by name but was not able to immediately recall the details of our previous meeting. After a few seconds of conversation, I remembered everything we had previously discussed and the entire scenario became clear to me. […]
Day trips, luncheons, potlucks, seminars, educational talks, and group travel are just a few of the amazing opportunities Hills Bank Friends Club offers its members. The cost to join? Typically free! The catch? You must be a member of the Hills Bank Friends Club, and joining has never been easier. To be eligible for the club, you must be 50 years of age or better and maintain qualifying balances. Members enjoy an interest-bearing checking account and free personalized checks. Membership has continued to increase each year, and we currently mail our quarterly newsletter magazine to almost 9,000 households. […]